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    I don't know much about SEO, but there are a couple of things I've heard:

    1) When spidering, SEs don't usually follow links with querystrings in them,
    i.e. abc.asp?x=123

    2) Having your site linked to by other highly-ranked sites is good for your own site's rank.

    When I bang those two ideas together, I come up with an important question:

    -- If a highly-ranked site links to my site, does it matter whether their link to me includes a querystring?
    i.e. http://example.com/abc.asp?x=123

    Thanks!

    Charlie

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    The whole SEs don't spider urls with parameters in them is a fallacy. Maybe in the old days, but no longer.

    The only thing google and the like ignore our sessionids.

    Chet

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    I do not agree completely with Chet.

    A lot of Spiders still have problems with Querystings.

    Still use an Isapi filter if you can to translate the URL to something Spider Friendly.

    Like www.blah.com/index.aspx?p=Books to
    www.blah.com/p/books/index.aspx

    Carsten

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    Thanks for the reply, Chet -- you've rocked my world!

    Can you point me to any further reading on how spiders deal with parameters? When debunking widely-held fallacies, I always try to absorb the wisdom of multiple sources.

    Thanks!

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    Thanks, Carsten.

    I'm familiar with the "custom 404 page" trick for transforming
    www.blah.com/index.aspx?p=Books to www.blah.com/p/books/index.aspx

    Is that the same technique you refer to as an Isapi filter? (I've always found the custom 404 approach awkward, so if there's a more graceful alternative I'm eager to hear about it.)

    Thanks,

    Charlie

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